Future Masterchef?

If my earlier post about Mexican Chocolate Cookies with Dulce de Leche didn't convince you to make a batch of your own, then I'll give you another reason. Today they helped propel me to the second round of auditions for the cooking competition/reality show, Masterchef. Well, these cookies and my winning personality. I can only offer the recipe for the cookies, though.
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I have an on-camera interview on Tuesday, so we'll see how it goes. Anyway, make these cookies so you can say you did before I

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went on TV and got big. Also because they're rich and delicious and melt in your mouth.

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Putting the He back in He Cooks, She Cooks

As the domain name implies, this blog started with two writers, a He and a She. Michael and I were friends who cooked together most nights during our senior year of college. After graduation, we've moved to opposite areas of the country (I was even in another hemisphere for a few months). So it has mostly been me posting lately since Michael has two jobs and doesn't cook very often.
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But I have several other guy friends who happen to be great cooks, too. In the next few months, you'll hear from some of them (and hopefully Michael as well). I expect you'll be surprised just how adept 20-something year-old guys can be in the kitchen. And I hope you enjoy the new balance of voices on the site.

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Farmer Portrait Series

If anyone’s wondering why Michael has been MIA from He Cooks, She Cooks lately, it’s because he’s roadtripping with a few friends from Chicago to LA. Hopefully he’ll have some food stories when he returns.

In the meantime, here is Michael’s final photo essay about Missouri farmers. The images have audio if you want to know a little more about the people supplying meat, eggs, vegetables and honey to homes and restaurants around mid-Missouri.

He and She will live on, just several hundred miles away.

Graduation

Brittany and I have now graduated college (in 4 years!), with our degrees from the oldest and most prestigious journalism school in the world (suck it Northwestern).  With that comes the end of what was, and a new beginning of the rest of our lives.

Brittany will be staying in Columbia at least the rest of the summer, with our friend Kat and various other people we know.  She’ll be working at The Missourian, our lab newspaper as a Teaching Assistant, which is right up her alley.  In her immense amount of free time, I imagine she will cook a ton of fun summer things.  Her cilantro and tomato plants are getting huge already.

I have already returned home to Chicago, living with my parents until I find a salaried job (for the moment, I’m gonna say I’m a freelancer!).  It’s practical, and mainly, free.  I will miss the farmers market, and all the people we met through this blog (big shout out to Mike Odette).  Deerfield’s saving grace is that we do have a Whole Foods down the street, in addition to a really nice kitchen in our house (convection oven, kitchen-aid stand mixer, counter space… all nice things).

More than anything I will miss the planning, seeing the excitement in Brit’s face as we develop our menu, plan for the week, or most consistently, as her and Kat start discussing options for dessert before we’ve even finished eating dinner.

In conclusion, the blog will not suffer, but it will probably feel a little different.  I have no doubt in mind we’ll call each other every day, but for better or worse, we’re kinda adults now, about 400 hundred miles apart.  We’ll visit, and you better believe there will posts on those epic adventures.  Of course, we’ll also let you know if either of us gets real jobs.  (I find out in a few days if I’ll be hired at a paper on the west coast).

Quick Status Update

I’m going to the pig slaughter on Friday morning, now that I know where the abattoir is on campus. That should provide a pretty interesting write-up. I’ll keep the pictures in good taste.
Also, I have 4 beers I need to at least mention before they go out of season, I’m still working on ’em, but I promise to pound out that post soon. I clicked on the archives the other day and found Britt is whooping me in post counts. I gotta step up my game.